So, There are Some Intersting Trees Around...
I grew up in Alabama, then spent time living in Tennessee, Georgia, and El Paso, Texas (I only specify El Paso here because it’s REALLY different from all the rest of Texas I’ve ever seen).
Then we moved to New York. Not in the city, not quite, but real close. We are also, however, a stone’s throw away from the woods in a couple of different directions. Which, I gotta say, was really nice after living in the desert for four years. El Paso is beautiful, but I MISSED TREES.
We moved up right at the beginning of April, which was very fortunate for me. I’d never lived this far north, and despite living in Atlanta for a year, I’d never lived anywhere so crowded or urban.
And then I got to see Spring for the first time. You see, I’d lived a swath across the South, but I had never before experienced real seasons. There was typically hot, really hot, less hot, and occasionally cold. Leaves didn’t fall in Autumn, they fell sometime between January and March, right before we got first level hot again. Flip flops at Christmas was not unusual.
Watching the trees come back to life was amazing. In a lot of Alabama, the southern part at least, a lot of the trees stayed more or less green all year. Lots of green shrubs, green plants, etc. So watching all these skeletal trees slowly drape with yellow and pale green lace, watching the view from the back of the house slowly become obscured (in a good way) by spring colors was breathtaking and very much helped soothe my anxiety of living in such a crowded place.
I’m on my third spring (now officially my Second Favorite Season™️), and I’ve started trying to pay attention to the different trees I’m seeing. Because, I gotta tell ya, some of them are really frickin cool. I had never seen actual cherry blossom trees before (neither the pink nor the white), but I knew enough to recognize them. I had seen weeping willows before, and I love them very much.
Let me tell you my delighted surprise when I discovered WEEPING CHERRY TREES?!?!? Like, WHAAATTT???? THEY GET EVEN BETTER?!?!?!?! Some of them look like traditional weeping willows that happen to have cherry blossoms on them. Some look like actual fountains of cherry blossoms spraying up in the air.
I was at the park with my son, and I noticed this one particular tree. I’m fairy sure it’s some kind of intentional hybrid, like one type of tree deliberately spliced to another, but y’all. Y’all. LOOK AT THIS QUEEN OF A TREE.
This is ONE tree. Tall, lovely white cherry blossoms, and then two WHOLE BRANCHES of PINK WEEPING CHERRY BLOSSOMS. Like. WHAAAAATTTT??????? LOOKIT THIS LADY.
And I think it’s a deliberate splice for a couple of reasons (please know that I am NOTHING like a tree expert in any way, I’ve just read a few books and am attempting to use logic and would love the science side of tumblr to pop over and info dump). The pink weeping blossoms are on those two branches only (unless I miscounted, which is possible because I was so excited), and they are on the one side of the tree. You can also see where the bark looks different. I have another picture or two with the bark, hang on.
Y’all, I dunno why I’m sharing this except I’m excited, and I hoped other folks might know stuff about the beautiful trees. And it’s so nice to live somewhere that isn’t infested to the point of smothering under the oppression of Bradford Pears.
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Yoshino Cherry Trees of Winterbrook Road
Spring is in the air, and many of London’s street trees are in full blossom. Perhaps the most common and most recognised are the many species of flowering cherry, seen on roads across the capital. Whole avenues of cherry trees were one common, with consistently sized trees belonging to the same species providing pink or white blossom in the spring, and vibrant red, orange and yellow falling leaves in the autumn.
Planting streets in this way seems to have largely fallen out of favour, with less-colourful trees taking up more roadside spots. However, several streets in Herne Hill has received an excellent cherry tree treatment, thanks to a former local councillor.
Robin Crookshank Hilton grew up in Washington DC, where cherry trees were a common site, many having been gifts celebrating friendship between the USA and Japan. She suggested planting the Yoshino variety, the most frequently planted species in Tokyo, and one much associated with the cherry blossom festival of Hanami. Working with the support of the tree officer of Southwark Council, and local residents, Robin was successful in having a trial planting of two Yoshinos in East Dulwich in 2008. Establishing that the trees would be successful as street trees, 30 Yoshinos were then planted along Winterbrook Road in 2012. Other nearby roads have since been planted with more of the cherry trees, though not in such high numbers.
The Yoshinos on Winterbrook Road are still quite young, but they nonetheless produce a beautiful line of blossom along the street from late March to early April, and as they continue to grow, may eventually yield a blossom tunnel effect. Their success has led to them being featured in guidebooks, as part of tree walks, and has inspired similar plantings in other areas of London. They also seem to be very popular with the local populations of parakeets, who can be observed snacking on the blossoms!
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Today I went to a nearby small(er) town with my mom to get away for a while...we always go there to eat cake at an excellent bakery, stroll among the old buildings, (window) shop for shoes -there's only one small street with shops, and only three shoe shops BUT I swear to God there are more options there than anywhere in my town- and just be with each other. We also tried a new donner place, got some flowers to plant in our pots and garden from a village that specializes in fruits, veggies and potted plants..AAAND we also visited a friend of hers to get some lavender plants. He's in the horticulture business, he's got a sprawling cherry tree and lavender garden in the middle of nowhere, among the grain fields. It was gorgeous.
I didn't get much work done,but I've had a pretty lovely day. Soon the cherry trees will bloom there and I'll post a photo, too!
I only managed to complete one maths test in a pretty rushed script, so I'll cover that up with my sticky ladybug thingies.
Hope you have a lovely day!!
Also!! My mom got herself two (2) pairs of lovely shoes...at a real good price... genuine leather...while I couldn't find anything because for a really long time I've been between sizes..yeah
But we also managed to squeeze in a visit to a thrift shop where I found a gorgeous long mustard dress.. It's summery, but I'll try wearing it now as well, with a jacket on top
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